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7 min read Jean-Baptiste
Plugins | premium.wpmudev.org | Aug. 21, 2014

The Best WordPress Caching Plugins and Why Testing Them is So Important

There are a lot of caching solutions available to WordPress users. Here are the 6 best ones.

The Best WordPress Caching Plugins and Why Testing Them is So Important

Plugins | premium.wpmudev.org | Aug. 21, 2014

Reducing the page loading time of your website pages improves your visitor’s user experience and reduces the chance of them hitting the back button on their browser. Search engines such as Google have also confirmed the speed of a website is a contributing factor in how they rank it in their search results, therefore it pays to have a fast loading website. There are a number of ways in which you can improve the speed of a WordPress website, however a caching plugin will make the biggest difference. Caching is the process of creating a static HTML page of every page on your website. This means that visitors don’t need to retrieve data from your database, or execute PHP code, in order to display your page.
As a result of this, the number of your requests from your server greatly decreases. This also lowers CPU load and reduces the risk of bottlenecking.
Caching plugins boast many other features that can improve your page speed. These include CSS, HTML, and Javascript file minification, deferring the loading of Javascript to the end of pages, and GZIP compression. Some caching plugins also offer support for content delivery networks (CDNs) so that you can reduce server response times.

3 min read Dejan Markovic
Plugins | wptavern.com | May. 5, 2017

Manage Multiple Social Media Accounts in WordPress With Social Web Suite

Managing social media accounts across multiple networks can be a cumbersome task. Social Media Suite by Tina Todorovic and Dejan Markovic, based in Toronto, Canada, aims to make managing those accounts a breeze. At its core, Social Media Suite is a social media marketing management platform. To use it, you’ll first have to install the Social Media Suite connector Plugin to connect your site to the service.

Manage Multiple Social Media Accounts in WordPress With Social Web Suite

Plugins | wptavern.com | May. 5, 2017

Managing social media accounts across multiple networks can be a cumbersome task. Social Media Suite by Tina Todorovic and Dejan Markovic, based in Toronto, Canada, aims to make managing those accounts a breeze. At its core, Social Media Suite is a social media marketing management platform. To use it, you’ll first have to install the Social Media Suite connector Plugin to connect your site to the service.
Once activated, click the Go to Control Panel button which loads Social Web Suite’s control panel where you can connect social media accounts.
I highly recommend that you open the control panel in a new browser tab as opening it in the same browser tab makes it difficult to browse back to the WordPress backend.
Through Social Web Suite, users can publish or schedule Tweets and other messages across social networks such as Facebook. After connecting my Twitter account, I was able to publish a Tweet from the site’s interface.
Social Web Suite includes a number of sharing options. You can configure whether or not to share posts, pages, or both, how many times they can be shared, if the featured image is displayed, and if content is shared at the same time it’s

Plugins | wptavern.com | Dec. 8, 2014

Manage Multiple WordPress Sites with WPDASH, Now in Beta

WPDASH has join a handful of Plugins that provide a centralized WordPress dashboard for managing multiple sites created a group of Polish Developers.

Manage Multiple WordPress Sites with WPDASH, Now in Beta

Plugins | wptavern.com | Dec. 8, 2014

WPDASH is a new service that launched in beta today, created by a group of WordPress developers in Poland. It joins the ranks of ManageWP, WP Remote, InfiniteWP, and a handful of others that provide a centralized WordPress dashboard for managing multiple sites. With the popularity of WordPress on the rise, many users have more than one site in operation. Those who work in development often have hundreds, if not thousands, of WordPress sites to look after, all of which require regular plugin and theme updates.
The automatic background updates introduced in WordPress 3.7 certainly ease the burden of maintenance for many WordPress agencies, but centralized dashboards are becoming critical for successfully managing backups, site uptime, and updates to themes and plugins for multiple installations.
WPDASH is entering beta with an impressive array of features for managing sites, including the following:
Add and modify posts and comments
Install themes and plugins
One-click updates
Generate reports
Create manual and automatic backups
Monitor server uptime and user browsing habits
Monitor accessibility of linked pages and inbound link statistics
Two-factor authentication with Rublon
Here’s

Plugins | nextgen-gallery.com | Jun. 19, 2014

Introducing NextGEN Pro Ecommerce

NextGEN Pro (the official premium addon for NextGEN Gallery) now contains Ecommerce specifically designed for selling images!

Introducing NextGEN Pro Ecommerce

Plugins | nextgen-gallery.com | Jun. 19, 2014

We are so extremely excited to share this announcement with you. One of the biggest feature requests from NextGEN Pro users was the ability to sell images. So we looked at all of the Ecommerce plugins available for WordPress and did not find one that was ideal for selling images. So we took our own steps to building one. The goal of NextGEN Pro Ecommerce is to simplify the process of selling your images without the bulk of other Ecommerce features not directly related to this task.
NextGEN Pro Ecommerce now allows you to:
Manage multiple price lists
Connect 1 price list to a gallery
Override individual image price list choices
Disable individual images from being sold
Sell digital downloads of your images
Separate domestic and international shipping rates
Price shipping as a fixed amount of percentage
Accept PayPal standard, PayPal express (better) and Stripe for credit cards (no SSL required)
More is planned but that’s the first step. You can find the new documentation on Ecommerce on the NextGEN help page.
Check out the new NextGEN Pro page w/ full details about what’s included.
At this point you may be wondering what happens to NextGEN Pro if you do not want Ecommerce. Well, we thought

8 min read Oli
Plugins | wplift.com | Jun. 3, 2015

inSite: Build Custom Recipes to Trigger Change On Your WordPress Website

Promising plugin - gives you the ability to create recipes –called inSites – which are used to personalize your website, or perform a certain action. These recipes are activated based on pre-determined triggers.

inSite: Build Custom Recipes to Trigger Change On Your WordPress Website

Plugins | wplift.com | Jun. 3, 2015

inSite is a service and plugin for WordPress that gives your website the ability to change itself, or perform an action, depending on when and how it is being accessed. By using information, such as the location of your visitors, what device they are using, and what time of day it is, you can use this plugin to instruct your website to perform an action, based on that information. The actions and changes that can be triggered with InSite are pretty interesting, as well as being useful for a range of different types of WordPress website.
To find out exactly what this content personalization plugin can do, and to get some ideas of how you could make use of it, read on for our inSite for WordPress review.
What Can the inSite Content Personalization WordPress Plugin Do?
inSite gives you the ability to create recipes –called inSites – which are used to personalize your website, or perform a certain action. These recipes are activated based on pre-determined triggers.
The type of triggers you can use with inSite currently includes: time and/or date, number of visits to the site, URL parameters, device type, and physical location. These triggers can be used individually, or combined to build

7 min read Oli
Plugins | wplift.com | Jul. 15, 2015

MainWP: Free Plugin to Manage Multiple WordPress Sites from One Location

Decent free plugin for managing unlimited WordPress sites from one main dashboard.

MainWP: Free Plugin to Manage Multiple WordPress Sites from One Location

Plugins | wplift.com | Jul. 15, 2015

MainWP is a WordPress site management tool which came to my attention recently, it works similarly to sites like ManageWP and InfiniteWP in that it allows you to control multiple WordPress sites from one location. It allows you to do things like carry out WordPress core, theme and plugin updates, carry out backups and publish content. What makes MainWP stand out though is that it is a free self-hosted plugin so you can install the MainWP Dashboard on your own server and then add the child plugin to sites which you wish to manage to that location – you are not relying on someone else’s servers or giving away information about your sites to a third party.
Features
Before we take a look at how the plugin functions, here is a full run-down of the features included:
Updates – Update WordPress core, themes and plugins
Backups – Schedule backups for each site on a daily, weekly or monthly basis
Content Management – Write posts and publish them on any site without having to login to each one.
Bulk Posting – Post content to multiple websites at once
Self-Hosted – Keep everything on your own private server, no record of actions, sites or passwords are shared with anyone.
Discovery Protection

Plugins | wordpress.org | Jun. 19, 2016

NanoSupport

A brand new WordPress Support Ticket Management plugin. Its free, featured on several WP related place.

NanoSupport

Plugins | wordpress.org | Jun. 19, 2016

Create a fully featured Support Center within your WordPress environment without any third party software, for completely FREE of cost. No 3rd party support ticketing system required, no external site/api dependency, simply create your own fully featured Support Center within your WordPress environment, and take your support into the next level.
What is it?
The plugin is to provide support to your users - the users those are taking product or services from you. So the plugin provides a managable communication privately in between you and your that specific user only. Visit the 'Installation' tab for more details on how to use the plugin.
Features
OnActivation setup
Smart templating for nice theme support
Smartly designed Support Center
Completely Private ticketing
Ticket submission with registration
Ticket submission with login (Beta Feature)
Auto generate user account's username on ticket submission (if chosen)
Auto generate user account's password on ticket submission (if chosen)
Knowledgebase
Knowledgebase content categories
Ticket departments
Default ticket department 'Support'
Make agent from registered users
Assign ticket to an agent
Change ticket status (Pending, Open, Under

5 min read Ben Pines
Plugins | elementor.com | Sep. 12, 2017

New Nav Menu to Expand Elementor's Reach Beyond The Page Content

Elementor just released its most expected feature: the Nav Menu widget. This will expand Elementor to beyond the page content, and is the first step to a broader page builder experience.

New Nav Menu to Expand Elementor's Reach Beyond The Page Content

Plugins | elementor.com | Sep. 12, 2017

Introducing the most expected feature of the year: the Menu Widget! Read on to find out how to design gorgeous menus on any theme and for every device. Designing and customizing menus is a huge pain, and we are now introducing a whole new way to make it easy and fun.
We are thrilled to be introducing the much expected Nav Menu widget.
This widget is extremely flexible. In fact, you can find NO OTHER WordPress theme or plugin with as much menu design flexibility.
It enables you to create an infinite number of pixel-perfect menu designs, all customizable down to the very last pixel (It's the Elementor way, as you know).
There's a lot more I want to let you know about this exciting new feature, but I'm too eager to show you all the possibilities it entails, so here goes.
Once you choose the menu from the previously created WordPress menus, you can start customizing the layout of the menu.
The Background pointer has the most animations. They create a button-like style on active. The Gif below shows the top 5 animations, but 11 animations are available for this pointer: Fade, Grow, Shrink, Sweep left / right / up / down and Shutter in vertical / out vertical / in horizontal / out horizontal.

6 min read Amit
Plugins | blog.insite.io | May. 20, 2015

How to promote new wordpress plugin, from our fresh experience

So we launched our fresh plugin and the happiness is sky rocketing, but now it’s the time to make sure people know about it. In this post you'll find what we did, and do, mainly because it’s so freaking boring to do it alone :)

How to promote new wordpress plugin, from our fresh experience

Plugins | blog.insite.io | May. 20, 2015

So we launched insite and the happiness is sky rocketing, but now it’s the time to make sure people know about it. I thought it’s good time to let you guys know what we do, mainly because it’s so freaking boring to do it alone :) Know your audience
We talked a lot about loopconf and about what we did there – fortunately, I don’t need to repeat it, but it was amazing, I learned so much, we found out about critical things we need to fix and I met tons of absolutely cool people that I already love. done – my advice – find the right events for you to attend, meet the people, feel who they are, and develop accordingly. It will save you lots of time, money and heartbreak.
Know your s#$t
Make sure you have in front of you (because you need to be consistent with your messages, and also, it’s crazy annoying to look after it all the time):
The name of your plugin
The name/email of you (or the plugin owner)
Link to your site
Link to the WP directory
Link to your blog
Social account
Screenshots (at least 4)
Logo (at least 200X200)
Tagline
Short description
Long description
Link to a video about the plugin
Trivia items (when you were funded, how much money you raised, who are the founders, what

11 min read Matteo Duò
Plugins | codeable.io | Jul. 13, 2015

The WordPress plugins setup that empowers our startup

Even if company culture and shared beliefs are essential elements to a startup, one big piece of the pie is still missing: the tools we need to keep the business running smoothly. Since we get this question a lot, we're sharing all the WordPress plugins we use at Codeable and why we picked them :)

The WordPress plugins setup that empowers our startup

Plugins | codeable.io | Jul. 13, 2015

The WordPress ecosystem is continuously growing. Every week a new business based on WordPress comes up. Whether it's a consultant developing an online paid course, a web designer crafting WordPress themes or someone who wants to create another news website about WordPress, there are plenty of ideas. In many ways, Codeable is like one of these ideas but still it has something I happily enjoyed right from the beginning. The minute I started talking with both Codeable's Co-Founders Tomaz and Per, I was already hearing numbers, stats and having admin access to almost all of Codeable's online tools.
Way before me joining the team, Tomaz was already keeping up with his tutorials to help WordPress users learn new stuff and was also sharing some of his projects with the WordPress community. More: we share our side-project ideas and accomplishments in our Slack's main channel just to let the others know more about them.
You get the point: openness and transparency are kind of a big deal around here.
Even if company culture and shared beliefs are essential elements to a startup, one big piece of the pie is still missing: the tools we need to keep the business running smoothly. Since we get this

5 min read Pressjitsu
Plugins | pressjitsu.com | Feb. 9, 2016

Redis-Backed Page Caching for WordPress

We’ve been testing our new Redis-based page caching plugin for WordPress these past few months, and today we’re happy to announce that we’ve open sourced it and deployed to all customer nodes. Here are some performance insights.

Redis-Backed Page Caching for WordPress

Plugins | pressjitsu.com | Feb. 9, 2016

We’ve been testing our new Redis-based page caching plugin for WordPress these past few months, and today we’re happy to announce that we’ve open sourced it and deployed to all customer nodes here on Pressjitsu. Our MySQL-based caching solution has worked really well for our customers so far, but we thought we could use the same ideas and take them even further with Redis — an extremely fast and flexible in-memory key-value store.
So we rewrote our plugin, open sourced it on GitHub and released it on WordPress.org.
Installation and Configuration
The new plugin requires a little bit of extra configuration before it could be used, as well as a running Redis server and the Redis PECL extension. Both are likely to be available in pre-built packages for your favorite Linux flavor, for example in Debian/Ubuntu:
apt-get install redis-server php5-redis
After installing and activating the WordPress plugin, you’ll need to create a symbolic link to the advanced-cache.php dropin:
cd /path/to/wp-content
ln -s plugins/redis-page-cache/advanced-cache.php advanced-cache.php
Finally, enable page caching in WordPress with a constant in wp-config.php:
define( 'WP_CACHE', true );
The plugin has quite a

Plugins | wedevs.com | Aug. 25, 2016

WP Project Manager: More Reports & Google Drive Like File Management

WP Project Manager just got some interesting updates. The overhaul brings Google Drive like file management, more advanced reporting. If you are not aware that there is an advance Project Manager for WordPress, check it out for free.

WP Project Manager: More Reports & Google Drive Like File Management

Plugins | wedevs.com | Aug. 25, 2016

New feathers on the hat WP Project Manager is planned for regular updates with a target of complete overhaul by this year. So here is the newest addition to that upgrade road-map.
We are introducing better preset reports and a more intuitive document manager. Let’s dig in!
Reports look good as new
Completely a new design
We have added thematic icons and help texts with each report types. To generate the report, simply click on the icon. This experience is more like running a program on your computer.
6 report types to choose from
We have implemented 6 new reporting features for overall evaluation or project based evaluation. All of these reports are targeted generating statistics that will help you to increase the productivity of your team.
Check how the reports work on our demo site
Interactive and responsiveness
The new reports load instantly without reloading the page and also has animated effects that make the interface less boring. Yes, we know reports can be boring, so we jazzed it up!
Here is a little video
https://wedevs.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cpm-reports.mp4
Overdue Tasks
Lists tasks from the project which have passed the due date but not completed yet. Now you

6 min read Benjamin Lupu

An Attempt To Fix The WordPress Pages Management

Pages are the poor relation in WordPress content management. But they are more popular than we think. In fact it is probably the main content type when WordPress is used as a CMS. The current UI makes it very difficult to manage them. So, we’ve searched and experiment to address this issue.

An Attempt To Fix The WordPress Pages Management

Advanced Page Manager If you don’t know Uncategorized Creations (aka. UncatCrea), it’s a loose group of (french) web professionals working with WordPress. We have created and we maintain Advanced Page Manager, a plugin helping to manage WordPress pages.
You can also discover our new project: App Kit, a solution to build mobile apps using WordPress as a backend.
In Search Of A Better Way To Manage Pages
Pages are the poor relation in WordPress content management. The Pages panel UI is almost similar to the Posts panel and yet it is a quite different content type. It does not cause real problems when pages are used for simple purposes such as legal mentions, contact page… But pages are more popular than we think. In fact we believe that it is the main content type when WordPress is used as a CMS. Some sites rely on hundreds of pages (sometimes more). These sites are not about news. They often present catalogs, documentation and practical informations. In this case, Posts are used for a news or a blog section and become minority in the site’s content types. As web professionals, we’ve often worked on such sites and found very difficult to setup and manage a deep and big page tree with

5 min read Cozmoslabs
Plugins | translatepress.com | Sep. 5, 2017

Translate Dynamic Strings in WordPress

The translation of dynamic strings in WordPress can be a challenge and TranslatePress' new mission is to make things easier. Discover below how to translate all the strings in your site, by using the same interface.

Translate Dynamic Strings in WordPress

Plugins | translatepress.com | Sep. 5, 2017

At times it can be challenging to translate dynamic strings in WordPress for two main reasons: they come from a plugin or theme that is not using gettext for their strings
they are user created and saved in plugin or theme options, in user meta or in a custom table the translation plugin doesn’t know about
Themes like Hestia make use of the WordPress Customizer interface to quickly build a beautiful front-page containing a slider, various columns for information, a list of WooCommerce products if it’s needed as well as a contact form. A lot of content from that front-page is not stored in the wp_posts or wp_postmeta. While some will voice concerns over why breaking the post/page convention is a bad idea, I personally like how smooth the experience of setting up that initial page was.
This flexibility is great when you want to do things your way, however, it’s also the main reason translating a WordPress site 100% can be a little harder to achieve, especially if you’re not technical.
Current Solutions
Each translation plugin has it’s own workflow when they translate dynamic strings.
gettext strings are translated per plugin / theme or directly from https://translate.wordpress.org/

10 min read Matt Cromwell
Plugins | calderaforms.com | Jun. 13, 2017

Introducing Caldera Forms Pro - Caldera Forms

CalderaForms -- currently an Addon/Freemium model, is adding a new "Pro" plugin and hosted mail delivery plan. Pretty impressive stuff.

Introducing Caldera Forms Pro - Caldera Forms

Plugins | calderaforms.com | Jun. 13, 2017

We have a few slogans here for Caldera Forms. One is “a different kind of form builder.” We use that because Caldera Forms wasn’t created as a copy of the established patterns of what a WordPress form builder does. It’s been exciting to see so many users fall in love with the Caldera Forms way of doing things, and humbling see some of our bigger competitors borrow some of our innovations. Two years ago, we didn’t see grid-based form builders and visual conditional logic creation in the Caldera-style like we do today. We also say that Caldera Forms is more than a contact form. We are acknowledging that in addition to contact forms, Caldera Forms is being used for lead generation forms, list building forms, single-page checkout forms, and more. All of these forms are about getting the right information from the lead or customer and putting it into a format that is useful to you.
That’s the most important part and the part that is, in many ways, hardest to improve in a WordPress plugin. That’s why today we are announcing Caldera Forms Pro, a new service to make Caldera Forms notifications more awesome. Most of the time that means an email, so we’ve

1 min read Ahmad Awais
Plugins | wptimecapsule.com | Nov. 3, 2016

WP Time Capsule - Smart WordPress backups for free!

WP Time Capsule is finally out of beta, it is still free and now offers incremental backups for Dropbox, S3, and Google Drive for free. I think it is pretty interesting effort from the team behind InfiniteWP. Take a look.

WP Time Capsule - Smart WordPress backups for free!

Plugins | wptimecapsule.com | Nov. 3, 2016

See More Details Backups are compressed and zipped
Heavy server memory consumption
Multiple zip files are created every time
Precious storage space is waste
Consumes time and server memory
Low server memory usage
Far less storage space usage
Faster restore
Backup Method
Backup Files
$5/site/month
$7/site/month
$6/site/month
Cost
Incremental Backup
30-Day Backup Archive
Your Own Repository
Automatic Website Restore
FREE
The team behind InfiniteWP are the ones behind WPTC too. InfiniteWP powers over half a million websites and they have been mastering the art of backups for over 4 years.

4 min read Neil Murray
Plugins | cf7skins.com | Dec. 12, 2016

CF7 Skins Visual started - a drag and drop visual editor for Contact Form 7

We’re very excited to be using React to build this extension to CF7 Skins - we’ve found React.js to be a terrific tool for building a visual interface within a WordPress plugin.

CF7 Skins Visual started - a drag and drop visual editor for Contact Form 7

Plugins | cf7skins.com | Dec. 12, 2016

CF7 Skins Visual We’ve started work on CF7 Skins Visual – a drag and drop visual editor for Contact Form 7 forms.
We believe many WordPress users would like to use a visual drag and drop interface similar to that available in other WordPress form plugins.
We decided to give people an option to use a drag and drop visual editor within CF7 Skins as a quick and easy way to create Contact Form 7 forms.
CF7 Skins Visual works right within the normal Contact Form 7 interface
CF7 Skins Visual Interface
Edit Contact Form 7 tags quickly & easily
Includes support for CF7 Skins unique innovative features & Add-ons
CF7 Skins Visual works with the other innovative features championed in CF7 Skins including Templates & Styles as well as integrated support for Fieldsets & Lists within your Contact Form 7 forms.
We’re very excited to be using React to build this extension to CF7 Skins. We are building it from the ground up to take advantage of what the React.js JavaScript library has to offer.
So far we’ve found React.js to be a terrific tool for building a visual interface within a WordPress plugin. Already we’ve seen very significant improvements when

8 min read Matt Cromwell
Plugins | calderaforms.com | Aug. 10, 2017

Five Ways I'd Like To Be Proven Wrong About Gutenberg - Caldera Forms

Had a great conversation with Josh Pollock about his legitimate concerns with Gutenberg. We covered all sides pretty well. There's definitely a need for clearer direction with the project. For the un-intiated this is a helpful starter into the complexities of what Gutenberg means for WordPress in general.

Five Ways I'd Like To Be Proven Wrong About Gutenberg - Caldera Forms

Plugins | calderaforms.com | Aug. 10, 2017

I love WordPress, and I think that the proposed “Gutenberg” editor for WordPress 5.0 is very cool, but like many, I have a lot of concerns with it. When I wrote a post for Torque in June ago, I was pretty critical of early beta. When I was working on the post I asked my friend Matt from Give to review the post and he disagreed. In our conversation, I kept saying, “I want to be wrong.” I want to be wrong about Gutenberg.
WordPress is everything to me. If it were not for randomly deciding to write a blog and realizing what I could do if I moved my WordPress.com site to self-hosted and then being taught to be a PHP and JavaScript developer by this amazing community, I wouldn’t have a career, the amazing friends, or vast collection of WordCamp t-shirts that I have today.
In my post for Torque, I said I was very worried about what the intent and design priorities of Gutenberg meant for the future of WordPress. I’ve had a lot of conversations about this that go to bad places and again, I want to be wrong. So, here are my top 5 ways I want to be proven wrong about Gutenberg.
I recently recorded a discussion about this with Matt, along with <a href=”https://twitter.com/kevinwhoffman”>Kevin

6 min read Oli
Plugins | wplift.com | May. 9, 2016

InTrigger – A Completely Free Conversion & Lead Generation WordPress Plugin

We took a look at a great Free plugin called "InTrigger" which just launched - lets you create free optin forms for your content, top bars and read more boxes.

InTrigger – A Completely Free Conversion & Lead Generation WordPress Plugin

Plugins | wplift.com | May. 9, 2016

InTrigger is a free plugin designed to help you capture more subscribers for your mailing list without using popup forms to do so. InTrigger works with 3 main scenarios to help you generate signups:
Scenario 1 is a “continue reading” feature where the plugin will hide part of the post content and display a “Continue Reading” button which when clicked will provide a signup form for the user to enter their email address.
Scenario 2 is an inline form, where the plugin will display a form or message in the middle of your post content.
Scenario 3 is a floating bar which can be displayed at the top or bottom of your site, you can set it to show after a certain amount of scrolling by the user. You can configure the display rules for each scenario so you can tailor it for your site by displaying after x page views, on certain pages only, you can also target different devices like mobile or tablet etc.
The plugin is completely free to download and use – grab it from the WordPress directory here.
Features
Scenario 1 – Continue reading: Hide post content after x% and invite the user to subscribe or click to display full post
Scenario 2 – Inline post: Insert a form or message in the middle of a

Plugins | nicholasgarofalo.com | Jan. 29, 2016

Imagify VS Kraken

Here a great benchmark from Nicholas Garofalo in video between two WordPress Image Optimizer: Imagify and Kraken.

Imagify VS Kraken

Plugins | nicholasgarofalo.com | Jan. 29, 2016

It’s an image optimization showdown! Image compression is important for any website. Once your server and site are optimized, your images are likely the heaviest page asset. In the past, and even now, the best way to deal with this is by opening up Photoshop, Pixelmator, or some other app. Resize and compress your images, and do this for each thumbnail size.
That’s a pain. With the services I’m about to compare, you can follow the 80-20 principle, get great looking images at a fraction of the size, and all you need to do is upload them to your site.
What I’m Ignoring
Not forgetting. Just ignoring. There are a few services out there that do similar things. I mention ShortPixel and WP Smush Pro below. ShortPixel appears to still be in its infancy and doesn’t provide a web uploader. WP Smush Pro, while nice, does have the most convoluted licensing (more on that later).
I’m also excluding desktop and server-side tools. If you have a huge batch of photos, I highly suggest PhotoBulk for processing them before uploading them to your site. I’ve used this frequently for photography sites that have hundreds of photos. I’ve also used the popular EWWW Image Optimizer, but recommend not running

10 min read Codeinwp
Plugins | codeinwp.com | Feb. 13, 2017

New Tags Coming to the WordPress Plugin Repo? Users Respond With an Unanimous "Meh"

Will the proposed new WordPress plugin tags play an important role? 90% of survey respondents say "we don't care."

New Tags Coming to the WordPress Plugin Repo? Users Respond With an Unanimous "Meh"

Plugins | codeinwp.com | Feb. 13, 2017

According to our small survey, 90% of users say they don’t care if a free plugin they’re getting from the directory is only a limited, “lite” version of the fully-featured PRO. Okay, I might have BuzzFeeded the stats a bit here. The exact question we asked was, “Would you not use a WordPress.org plugin, just because it has a PRO version also available?” Again, 90% said “no.”
“Wait, what is this about anyway?!”
Okay, let’s rewind to the beginning:
What’s up with the new WordPress plugin tags
The whole thing started several months ago when Matt Mullenweg encouraged the WordPress community to brainstorm some ideas on how to improve the way plugins are presented in the official repository:
In short, the main goals:
better indicate if a plugin needs an external service to work,
indicate if there’s a more feature-rich premium (or “PRO”) version of the plugin available.
In today’s WordPress ecosystem, with more than 45,000 plugins in the repo, it gets harder and harder to find the right one, and many of them just don’t live up to the expectations.
And I have to give it to Matt, what he’s

4 min read Sven Lehnert
Plugins | themekraft.com | Jul. 20, 2017

How to Create Post Forms in WordPress

Enable your site-users, customers or fans to create content for you and from the frontend to boost your website. Read further if you want to know how you can even automate this process and save yourself time and energy.

How to Create Post Forms in WordPress

Plugins | themekraft.com | Jul. 20, 2017

Many web users want to have a voice on your blog and are always happy to share their thoughts with you. There are so many benefits of encouraging user generated content on your website. So how can your web users share their content with you without having to access your backend or without you having to do the work of uploading the content on your site manually? The answer is using a WordPress plugin for post forms such as BuddyForms.
Such plugins allow you to create post forms in WordPress that users can quickly use to submit guest blog posts, comments, reviews, photos and other content on your WordPress site.
How to Submit Content from the Frontend on WordPress
Before your users can start submitting their content, you need to create a form that they will use to send you the content. This process is pretty straightforward and you don’t need any web design or coding skills.
Go to the BuddyForm Wizard and select the type of form that you want to create. They even have several templates ready to use for your Types of forms include:
Contact Forms
Contact Full Name (for a more detailed contact form)
Contact Simple (for a simple contact form)
Contact User Support (if you need more specific

Plugins | wp-rocket.me | May. 11, 2017

Why investing in premium plugins is worth it

Investing in a premium WordPress plugin can have many advantages. See if you can save time and money by investing in quality plugins for your website.

Why investing in premium plugins is worth it

Plugins | wp-rocket.me | May. 11, 2017

This blog post is written by Ashley, head of NINE2, a Norwich web design agency that has been using WP Rocket. When you’re as dedicated to WordPress as much as we are, plugins become part of your everyday life, but, how do you make the decision on which ones to try and which ones to buy?
Me and my team here use WordPress ALL the time. Literally every single day.
Like the millions of other users out there we like how easy it is to work with, how flexible it is and how beautiful simple it’s become for our customers to take on website editing themselves (with a little help here and there).
It’s become a fantastic tool for users, developers and agencies like us across the internet. It is constantly growing thanks to incredible themes and plugins like WP Rocket.
As time goes on, we have found that it’s becoming harder and harder to ‘see the wood for the trees’. There are a lot WordPress plugins available.
There are currently over 49,000 WordPress plugins residing in the WordPress Plugin Directory!
A crazy amount of choice! – How do you choose between them?
Then there’s the argument about whether or not you invest some hard earned cash into

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Plugins | freemius.com | Mar. 29, 2017

How to Outrank Your Competitors’ SEO on The NEW WP.org Plugin Repository

A complete guide to help plugin developers rank higher in the new WordPress.org plugin repository.

How to Outrank Your Competitors’ SEO on The NEW WP.org Plugin Repository

Plugins | freemius.com | Mar. 29, 2017

Yesterday the new plugins directory was officially released replacing the old, “legacy” one. Many community members (including me) feel that most of the issues that were addressed during the feedback phase were unfortunately ignored, but one thing that was significantly improved for sure is the search. It is still lacking way behind the search capabilities of designated search services like Addendio, but it’s much better than its predecessor.
The much-anticipated update to the plugins’ search is a HUGE thing. Not only does it obviously affect the WordPress.org repository search, it also changes the search in the WordPress Admin dashboard on ALL of the millions of WordPress sites out there (27% of the web).
Many developers in the WordPress community aren’t aware of the power of SEO in WordPress.org directory, but if you think about it, most of the traffic to your plugin’s or theme’s listing is coming from search. Here are the top 3 channels:
WordPress.org – people see the repository as a trusted collection of plugins & themes, many “plugin hunting expeditions” are starting right there. If you take a look at the screenshot